How to get ISO 14001 certified?
ISO 14001 prescribes controls for those activities that have an effect on the environment. These include the use of natural resources, handling and treatment of waste and energy consumption. It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but maps out a framework that a company or organisation can follow to set up an effective Environmental Management System. It can be used by any organisation regardless of its activity or sector. Using ISO 14001 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders (Customers, neighbours perhaps, Local Authorities) that environmental impact is understood, is being measured and is being improved.
The background context is one of increasingly stringent legislation, societal measures that foster environmental protection, and increased concern expressed by interested parties (main contractors, Local Authorities and end users) about environmental matters and sustainable development. Your business’s capability to effectively manage its impact on the environment is rapidly becoming a non-negotiable requirement and can sometimes, on its own, be the differentiating factor between your business and your competitors!
”The overall aim of this International Standard is to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in balance with socio-economic needs”.